Biosciences pioneer and entrepreneur Larry Gold (right) is recognized by CU-Boulder Professor Leslie Leinwand (left) at a ceremony on Feb. 1, 2013, unveiling the renamed Gold Biosciences Building. (Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)
The MCD Biology Building on campus, long known to house outstanding research and teaching, has been renamed the Gold Biosciences Building in honor of University of Colorado Professor Larry Gold, an internationally known scientist whose research there over decades has spawned numerous discoveries and commercially successful biotechnology patents.
Gold, who has taught at CU-Boulder since 1970 and was chair of the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department from 1988 to 1992, helped open the building in 1995. The building has since been home to groundbreaking discoveries, including innovations by Gold himself, that can lead to longer and better lives.
Gold, a bioscience industry pioneer and entrepreneur, has conducted DNA and RNA research resulting in new drug families. He currently is CEO and chairman of the board of the biotech firm SomaLogic of Boulder. Formerly, he founded NeXagen, Inc. in 1992, which later became NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and merged with Gilead Sciences, Inc. The company is a developer of commercial products for infectious disease treatments. Gold also co-founded the biotech company Synergen, Inc. in 1981.
For his contributions to teaching and science, Gold has won numerous local and national awards including CU-Boulder’s Distinguished Research Lectureship award, the highest honor bestowed by faculty on a faculty member. Gold also has won the Merit Award and the Career Development Award, both of the National Institutes of Health, and the Lifetime Award and the Chiron Prize for Biotechnology, both of the Colorado BioScience Association.
In addition, he has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1993 and was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1995.
Valuable and commercially successful patents resulting from Gold’s discoveries made at CU-Boulder in combination with several private donations generously made by Gold have brought significant recognition and revenues both to the MCDB department and to the university while advancing human health and wellness.
The MCDB department, which is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, has 28 full-time faculty members and a research program directed toward understanding the molecular basis of life by integrating molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics.